07122017-TTC-01.qxd 12/7/2017 1:29 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, december 7, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 232 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd US recognises Jerusalem as Israel capital Washington: President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered to start the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city which many Arab leaders warned could trigger an upheaval in the already volatile Middle East. The controversial decision, which was promised by Trump during his 2016 campaign and appeals to his right-wing base, could lead to massive protests in the Middle East and elsewhere, Arab leaders warned. “I have determined it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. PAGE 17 /thetribunechd RBI key rates Push for use unchanged of debit card Zebra crossing Retains economic growth estimates at 6.7 per cent The striped man on the zebra had children and adults alike in awe, and it was only on close inspection that one saw paint peeling off at places, not to miss the striped tail. The Equitation Show was high on adventure and fun as riders matched steps with horses and performed daredevil stunts as part of pre-events of the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Wednesday. RAVI KUMAR ’84 riots: SC-named panel submits report 2 judges were asked to scrutinise 241 cases closed by special probe team Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Military Literature Festival Today’s edition of The Tribune carries an eight-page special supplement on Military Literature Festival being held from December 7-9 at Lake Club, Chandigarh. New Delhi, December 6 A Supreme Court-appointed two-judge supervisory panel, which scrutinised 241 cases relating to the 1984 antiSikh riots in Delhi closed by a Special Investigation Team formed by the NDA government for re-investigation, submitted its report to the court on Wednesday. The report of Justices JM Panchal and KSP Radhakrishnan, who started work on September 5, was submitted before a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in a bag, instead of a sealed cover envelope that has been a routine practice. The court had assigned the task of examining the 241 cases closed by SIT to the panel, which is supposed to have made recommendations as to whether the cases were rightly closed or not. It had asked the panel to give its report in three months. Additional Solicitor Gener- Mother courage al Pinky Anand and petitioner’s counsel Amarjit Singh Bedi said they needed access to the bulky report. The Bench said the parties could have access on December 11. It said if there was any material to show that a particular case had been wrongly closed, it was open to order prosecution. Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gand- hi on October 31, 1984. More than two years after the Narendra Modi government set up the SIT to reinvestigate serious anti-Sikh riots cases that had been closed, it has managed to file chargesheets only in a very small number of cases. Arvind Datar and HS Phoolka, who represented petitioner Gurnad Singh, earlier told the Bench that only in nine cases was the trial on and it should be conducted on a day-to-day basis. RBI’s differentiated merchant discount rates for transactions Mumbai, December 6 The RBI today expectedly kept interest rates unchanged on concerns of a possible price rise but left the door ajar for a rate cut in future. It also retained the economic growth estimates for the current fiscal at 6.7 per cent, while raising the inflation target marginally at the upper end to 4.7 per cent by March. With five of its six members voting for the status quo, the Monetary Policy Committee, headed by Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, for the second straight meeting kept the benchmark repurchase or repo rate at 6 per cent, its lowest since November 2010. The RBI also kept the reverse repo rate unchanged at 5.75 per cent and left its policy stance “neutral”, that may leave the door open for a rate change during the next meeting in February. With inflation accelerating to a sevenmonth high of 3.58 per cent in October, driven by higher food and oil prices, the status quo decision reflected RBI’s concern about price pressures that are nearing its medium-term target. “The MPC remains committed to keeping headline inflation close to 4 per cent on a durable basis,” RBI said in the Fifth BiMonthly Monetary Policy statement. It raised the inflation forecast to 4.3-4.7 per cent for October-March, from 4.2-4.6 per cent earlier, and noted that food and fuel pricegains edged up last month. — PTI Mumbai, December 6 In order to promote digital payments, the Reserve Bank today came out with differentiated merchant discount rates (MDR) for debit card transactions, prescribing separate caps for small and large traders. MDR is the rate charged to a merchant by a bank for providing debit and credit card services. As per the latest notification, MDR charges for small merchants with an annual turnover of up to Rs 20 lakh have been fixed at 0.40 per cent with a cap of Rs 200 per transaction by debit cards through Point of Sale (PoS) machines or online transactions. For accepting payments via QR (quick response) code-based transactions, the charge will be 0.30 per cent, subject to a cap of Rs 200 per transaction. In case the annual turnover of a merchant is over Rs 20 lakh, the MDR charges would be 0.90 per cent with a cap of Rs 1,000 per transaction. If the transaction is through the QR code, the charges will be 0.80 per cent with a similar cap. These directions will come into effect from January 1, RBI said, adding that it would be the duty of the banks to ensure the MDR does not exceed the prescribed cap. RBI said rationalisation of the charges is being undertaken to achieve the objectives of promoting debit card acceptance by a wider set of merchants, and ensuring sustainability of the business for the entities involved. — PTI 5.5 quake in Rudraprayag, tremors in North New Delhi: Tremors were felt in several parts of North India as a medium-intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department said. According to the IMD’s National Seismological Centre, the quake occurred at 8.49 pm. The epicentre of the quake was at a depth of 30 km, according to Vikram Singh, the director of MeT office in Dehardun. There were no reports of loss of property or life. People in several districts of Uttarakhand ran out of their homes in panic. The official said Uttarakhand, a part of the Himalayan region, falls in high seismic zone. Tremors were felt in Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and parts of Punjab also. — PTI Probe indicts, Haryana to book Fortis 7-YR-OLD’S DENGUE DEATH Govt to lodge FIR for negligence, says minister Vij Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Surjit Kaur, the mother of martyr Palwinder Singh, salutes her son’s mortal remains at Rai Chak village in Batala on Wednesday. Havildar Palwinder Singh of 10 Sikh Regiment was killed in an encounter with terrorists at Qazigund in Kashmir on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Chandigarh, December 6 The Haryana Government will lodge an FIR against Fortis hospital, Gurugram, for “causing death by negligence” of seven-year-old Adya Singh, who died of dengue on September 14. The government will also write to the Medical Council of India (MCI) for initiating proceedings against the doctors responsible. Health Minister Anil Vij today said the inquiry by a three-member panel of the Health Department found serious irregularities, unethical practices and lapses in the diagnostic protocol on part of the hospital. Baby declared dead at Max dies after 6 days New Delhi: A premature baby, found alive after being declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, breathed his last on Wednesday with his father refusing to take the body demanding arrest of the erring doctors. On November 30, the baby was found alive after his family was on way for final rites along with his stillborn sister. PTI He said the state would get a criminal case registered for “causing death by negligence” under Section 304-A of the IPC. He went to the extent of terming it “murder”. He said the government had also issued a notice to the hospital to cancel the licence of its blood bank after the probe panel highlighted gross violations. The inquiry revealed that the hospital charged Adya’s parents a whopping sum, besides minting 108 per cent profit on medicines and 1,737 per cent on other consumables. Adya was admitted for treatment of dengue where the hospital charged Rs 18 lakh for 15 days before her death on September 14. Vij said the report suggested that Adya died while being transported to another hospital as after she was discharged, the ventilator was removed and no ambu bag was provided. The protocol as regards patients leaving against med- ical advice (LAMA) provides that the patient be transported under similar conditions as when kept in the hospital. The report said since Fortis was provided land by HUDA on concessional rates, it was supposed to provide free treatment to 10 per cent EWS patients, 70 per cent discount to 20 per cent patients in IPD and free treatment to 20 per cent patients in OPD. However, the hospital was not found following the guidelines. “We are writing to HUDA for action,” he said. Amit Jha, Principal Secretary (Health), said action would be initiated for not reporting dengue cases. The report, however, found no prima facie negligence during her stay in the ICU. After 66 yrs, Army officers’ Time UK apologises for Jallianwala:Khan benevolent fund to shut GS Paul Tribune News Service Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 6 Over 66 years after it was instituted, the Army Officers Benevolent Fund (AOBF), a contribution-based welfare scheme for widows and aged veterans, is being closed down. There will be no contribution to the scheme or release of grants with effect from January 1, 2018. The fund was set up in April 1951 with the sole aim of extending financial help to widows or the next of kin of subscribers who die in harness or after retirement. The scheme was visualised to be more like an insurance scheme. Over the years, its scope was enhanced to include a Platinum Grant and Centenarian Grant to all veteran officers who attained the age of 75 and 100 years, respectively. “When instituted in 1951, there were no welfare schemes for the next of kin of officers. With various schemes now in place vis-àvis the meagre assistance being given from the AOBF , maintaining an organisation like AOFB is no more costeffective,” a letter issued on December 4 by the Ceremonials and Welfare Directorate at Army Headquarters states. Subscription towards the AOBF is mandatory for all Army officers, including those on deputation. At present, the Army’s officer cadre numbers about 41,000 against the authorised strength of 49,737 (excluding the medical stream), who are required to contribute Rs 120 per month. All subscribers or next of kin are entitled to receive either the Platinum Grant or the Demise Grant, whichever becomes applicable earlier. For officers who die in harness, a retired officer with 20 years of service and those invalided out, irrespective of the length of service, a lump sum grant of Rs 50,000 is given. This is proportionately reduced for a retired officer having service less than 20 years. On closure of the fund, the subscriptions by the officers, equivalent to the savings component of an insurance scheme, will be refunded on a pro-rata basis, depending on the total subscription and availability of the fund. Amritsar, December 6 London Mayor Sadiq Khan, paying tributes to Jallianwala Bagh martyrs today, said it was time the British Government apologised for the 1919 tragedy that “one must never forget”. Khan’s grandparents were born in India. His parents migrated from Pakistan to the UK. The Mayor, here on the last leg of his India visit, stopped at the ‘martyrs’ well’ for a couple of minutes and made enquiries. Laying a wreath at the Flame of Liberty memorial, he observed a one-minute silence. “It was incredibly moving,” he said. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said: “Coming from a British Government functionary, it was good, and if implemented, would go a long way in Indian players celebrate their victory over Belgium. PTI India pip Belgium to enter hockey semis Bhubaneswar: Hosts India produced a spirited performance to stun Olympic silver medallist Belgium in the shoot-out and progress to the semifinals of the Hockey World League (HWL) final after both the teams were locked at 3-3 at the end of regulation time. Warming the bench for most part of the match, goalkeeper Akash Chikte dished out a superb performance to hand India their first win, that will erase all their wrongdoing of the pool stages. PAGE 18 SC collegium clears 44 judges for 8 HCs Mayor Sadiq Khan pays a silent tribute to victims of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. VISHAL KUMAR strengthening ties between India and the UK, and perhaps, to some extent, assuaging the wounds of Indians.” Earlier, Khan paid obeisance at the Golden Temple, had langar and performed ‘sewa’ by washing utensils. “Going to Golden Temple was very important for me as it is the spiritual home for thousands of Sikh London- ers and millions around the world,” he said. Along with his 16-member delegation, he crossed over to Pakistan via the Wagah border later in the day. New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the appointment of 25 additional judges as permanent judges in five high courts and elevated 19 lawyers as judges in three high courts. Among those who were made permanent judges include Justices Sandeep Sharma and Chander Sharma for Himachal HC, Justice Narendar G for Karnataka HC, Justices Ananda Sen and Anant Bijay Singh for Jharkhand HC and Justices Sanjay Agrawal and Rajendra Chandra Samant for Chhattisgarh HC. PAGE 8
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